1) The Köln Concert (1975), one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time
2) The Vienna Concert (1991), which Jarrett has stated is his finest solo concert recording
3) La Scala (1997), which was the first ever non classical concert in Milan's La Scala Opera House
As if Jarrett's music weren't complex, mysterious and beautiful enough, the fact that it is entirely improvised-- that is, that its composition evolves in the real time of the concert, make it a revelation. Music for Jarrett is the process of creativity itself, with all of its attendant delight, frustration and surprises, and these three are no exception.
The music shifts from gorgeous, lilting clouds of melody to challenging percussive segments based around a droning bass chord; from frenetic runs over the keyboard to reinventions of familiar melody; between which Jarrett can be heard searching for direction, piecing ideas together, groaning and crying as if overcome by the power flowing through him. As always, Jarrett's inventions lull, surprise, stimulate and astound.